Submission Guidelines

We seek to foster both experimental work and traditional work; to marry the work of traditional storytellers (Native American, Armenian, Latino/a, etc.) with experimental writers (spoken word / concrete poetry, etc.). With our trans-cultural publications we attempt to encourage an audience that is hip, literate, informed, and lives in a society that is multicultural. 

The Raven Chronicles magazine does not charge reading fees, but we do ask that you submit using the online submission manager during the open reading period unless you are unable to access an internet connection. Contact us with a query via email or phone if you need to submit via the United States Postal Service.

The Raven Chronicles publishes two issues a year: summer and winter. Each magazine has a central theme, and, in addition, special regular features.

Submission Guidelines,

Vol. 25, Winter, 2017 issue 

Reading period will open on: July 15, 2017

Reading period will close on: August 31, 2017


Fiction: Matt Briggs

Nonfiction: Doug Johnson

Poetry: Paul Hunter

Theme Vol. 25, BALANCING ACTS: How do you live your life, fully, and maintain your relationship with the earth/planet and the diversity of life on it? Biodiversity is balance in the dance of nature. Where do you fit in that dance? Can nature, sensate creatures like chimps, be granted legal rights? If you could be an animal or a tree or a work of nature, what would you be and why?

Stephanie Vera: Nature’s Great Balancing Act: “Think of how tightrope walkers try to maintain balance. One step too far to the left or right and they fall down. That’s just like the environment. All the organisms in an environment (plants, animals, insects, and even bacteria) have to live together in balance. Biodiversity is the ringleader in the environmental circus. It helps the environment keep its balance. Any change in the number, type, or variety of organisms can result in changes to the natural resources humans use around the world.”*
*Blog,, Arizona State University.

How to Submit work: We Use for our submission platform.

General Submission  & Manuscript Guidelines

  • Previously published work: we sometimes publish previously published work; inquire about it.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please indicate this in your cover letter and notify us immediately by adding a note to your Submittable account if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submissions received outside of the reading period/deadline will be sadly returned unread.
  • We aim for a response time of 4 weeks after submission deadline, but query us if you haven’t heard from us in  2 months.

How to submit your work using

  • Poetry: Send a maximum of  three (3)poems. Enter each poem separately. No restrictions on form or content, but our focus is on content that melds with form — whether traditional or experimental. 11-12 pt standard font. Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One batch of submissions per reading period. NEW OF NOTE: We now publish in book format, 6×9 inches, with interior pages 4×7, so we can’t publish poems with extra long lines. You can submit but we might have to reject poems on this basis (or ask you to edit it). Revisions may be made UPON acceptance.
  • Fiction: Submit up to 4,000 words,  one story/fiction, or 3 flash fictions / lyric prose. Double-spaced, 11-12 point standard font. Experimental work is always of interest. Surprise us! We accept short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone. Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One submission per reading period.
  •  Creative Nonfiction, Essays: Submit up to 4,000 words, or 2 micro-essays. Double-spaced, 11-12 point standard font.  Revisions may be made UPON acceptance. One submission per reading period. Revisions may be made UPON acceptance.
  • Art Wanted: Black & White: Cartoons, drawings, photos, illustrations, etchings on the theme: Balancing Acts. Raven publishes in 6×9 book format now and our interior pages are 4×7, so artwork has to fit in those limits. Send submissions via or e-mail,, with artwork attached as jpegs or pdfs. If we choose your artwork, we will contact you about how to submit accepted work (which will need to be tiffs, 300 dpi, high resolution).
    Wanted b/w art, on the theme of course; or our general themes:

    • Beyond Borders / Cultural Geography (including translations)
    • Recovery Café (emerging voices)
    • Family Corvidae
    • Food and Culture
    • In Memoriam/Odes to Persons, Places and Things
    • Nature Writing
    • Pacific Northwest
    • Poetics (Essays and Interviews)
    • Rants, Raves, and Reviews
    • Spoken Word